None at this time.
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has rerecorded her national sermon and Gospel reading to share with the church on Sunday, June 7, The Holy Trinity. The revised video is available now on YouTube (view) and Vimeo (download). Links to the written transcript and videos with subtitles are posted in the video description. They can be found in English and Spanish.
The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in partnership with OSU College of Social Work and Chosen4Change is hosting a reentry round-table discussion about the impact of COVID-19 and specifically those involved in the criminal justice system, as well as their families and the community.
On June 17, 2015, Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Lee Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson were murdered by a self-professed white supremacist while they were gathered for Bible study and prayer at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (often referred to as Mother Emanuel) in Charleston, South Carolina.
On Wednesday June 10th – the topic of Discerning God's Calling will be addressed with Rachel Alley (ELCA Youth Ministry Rep) and Gary Pecuch (SOS).
Dr. Passafume also explained that air exchange capacity in the gathering space is a vitally important factor to know because it affects the spread of the virus and the length of time it remains in the space. Subsequently, air exchange has a significant bearing on the effects of singing or other activity in a room.
A note from Bishop Dillahunt and the ELCA Conference of Bishops statement. Please share with your congregations.
From Kenya to Uganda to El Salvador, something as essential as water is not readily available. And our poorest neighbors — often women and children — must risk their lives hiking miles to collect water. Here's how you can help!
Recording of Bishop's call with rostered ministers and worship directors regarding singing in church
This call focused on the safety of singing during worship services during the current pandemic. Our guest presenters were Dr. Curt Passafume and Mr. Josh Brodbeck.
The committee is seeking input from across this church so the document can better provide clear and uniform application of the rules, protect people from harm and prevent impediments to the proclamation of the gospel.
Bishop Dillahunt and the SOS staff 'gathered' recently to say thank you for all you do to continue the mission and ministry of the Southern Ohio Synod Mission Territory.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will record a sermon which congregations and synods can include in their worship services on Sunday, June 7, The Holy Trinity. The video will be available to view and download on May 31.
Congregations share their plans for the immediate and longer term future regarding worship--in person and/or virtual
We thank the congregations who have kindly shared their current plans for 'What comes next' in regard to worship and the life of the church in light of current gathering restrictions and the continued presence and threat of COVID-19 in our communities.
The following was produced on behalf of the synod by Pr. Larry Donner, Thrive Campaign Director, and the Bishop’s Outside the Box Team. Bishop Dillahunt greatly appreciates their work to pull this document together and hopes it, along with the other resources mentioned in the document, will be of help to you and your leadership team.
SOS assembly attendees would have seen this video from the ELCA on May 16 at Epiphany LC as part of our time together. Please take a few minutes to watch this video with your household and know that even apart we are the Church, and we THRIVE!
A new video posted on YouTube was created by Pastor Pete Rudowski to help your congregation grow in its understanding of Pentecost. This video can be used as part of a Sunday School group or Bible study or as an addition to your current worship plan leading up to Pentecost.
Here to Serve: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19 Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders Wednesdays, 1PM Central
Our weekly gathering on May 20 will focus on children and youth.
This year our church — and our world — are living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. We miss gathering with family and friends to share God’s love in person. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work.
Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today.
Watch Gary Pecuch's intro to the Connect Retreat and why your youth should be 'connected' during this time of being apart!
COVID-19 can’t stop Sustain the Flame. In fact, in this season, God’s blessed a new path for vocational exploration and we’re so excited to share it with you!
Many of the CARES Act benefits apply to congregations. The Churchwide organization compiled several resources and explanations of the benefits and requirements of our 501(c)3 congregations.
Pr. Mike Weaver, the Southern Ohio Synod Coaching Coordinator, is offering his coaching services to all SOS rostered ministers who would like some additional guidance as they face new challenges in congregational leadership.
Congregations included in CARES Act benefits-Please read to see how this act impacts your congregation
Bishop Dillahunt and our accountant, Joy Hacker, received the following letter from our auditors, Apple Growth Partners, regarding the newly passed CARES Act from the Federal Government. Some of the programs within this act do apply to congregations as 501(c)3 organizations. Please read the following message and connect with your congregation's financial institution and accountant to see how you can help your congregation during this time. Please also share the attached 'Employee Rights' flyer that contains information about paid sick leave for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated 3.26.20: Resources from our SOS congregations to help one another during the COVID-19 outbreak
Our congregations and their leaders are developing creative ways to share the Gospel and 'gather' for worship. Look here for resources your congregation can tap into...including online worship services.
Check here for ways to live stream or record and share your worship with your congregation and others. We are also collecting other worship and study ideas/resources here to help your congregation continue to be together when you should not be together physically.
On March 16 Bishop Dillahunt hosted a call with our rostered ministers regarding COVID-19 actions and recommendations. This is what was shared.